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Whofo hath this worlds good, and feeth his brother have need, and fhutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1- John-in. 17.
Give alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man, and then the face of the Lord shall not be turned away from thee. Tob. iv. 7.
Bc merciful after thy power. If thou hast much, give plenteously; if thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little: for so gathereft thou thyself a good reward in the day of necessity. Tob. iv, 8, 9.,
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and look what he layeth out, it shall be paid him again. Proverbs xix. 17
Blessed be the man that provideth for the fick and needy: the Lord fhall deliver him in the time of trouble. P.S. xli. 1.
Rubrick. Whils thefe sentences are in reading, the deacons, churchwardens, or other fit perfon appointed for that purpose, shall receive the alms for the poor, and other devotions of the people in a decent bafon or plate, to be provided by the parish for that purpose; and reverently bring it to the priest, who shall humbly present and place it upon the holy table.
A prayer at offering our alms. Thy prayers and thy alms are come up for a memorial before God. Aits X. 4.
HY bounty, O Lord, is the fountain of all
I possess; for it is from thee I have received all my worldly goods, and to thy holy name be the glory. Accept of this freewill offering of my hands, as an acknowledgment of thy right to all I enjoy, and as a testimony of that piety, love and charity to my
necessitous brethren, which thou requirest, and art pleased to take as done to thyself.
Therefore I will dedicate a part of those good things which thou hast bestow'd upon me,to relieve the
poor; because thou hast made it an evidence of my love to thee: And grant thatall my alms-deeds may be performed with such purityof intention, and in such a proportion to what thou hastgiven me, that they may be acceptable in thy sight, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Rubrick. And when there is a communion, the prieft fall then place upon the table as much bread and wine as he hall think fufficient. After which done, the priest firall say :. The spinider.
Directions. Let us pray for the whole Here the priest beginning state of Christ's church, mi-the prayer for the whole state of litant here on earth.
Christ's church militanthere on
earth, &c. you must join with him Almighty and ever live
in heart and Spirit in the sane, ing
God, who by thy and with the congregation in their holy apostle hath taught us attention, and say the Amen with to make prayers and suppli-them, that you may reap the adcations, and to give thanks vantage of that common ferventy for all men; we humbly be with which those prayers fly up to feech thee moft mercifully God.
[to accept our alms and ablations, t and] + If there be no
to receive these our prayers, which we ofeben spall the words fer unto thy divine majesty,beseeching thee. (of accepting our to inspire continually the universal church alms and oblati- with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: ons] be left out un. said. and grant that all they that do confess thy
alms nor oblations,
holy name, may agree in the truth of thy holy word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee also to save and defend all christian kings, princes, and governors; and especially thy servant George, our king, that under hin we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and curates, that they may, both by their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively, word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy sacraments. And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially to this congregation here present, that with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy word, truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, fickness, or any other adversity; and we also bless thy holy name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to give us grace, so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O father, for Jesus Christ's sake our only mediator and advocate. Amen.
Rubziek. At the time of the celebration of the communion, the communio cánts being conveniently placed for the receiving of the holy
You must seriously attend to
that mind to come excellent information and inftruto the holy communion of
tion; it fews you the great benethe body and blood of our Sa-fit of coming worthily, that is, viour Christ, must confiders with a true penitent heart, and howl
how St. Paul exhorteth all lively faith to this holy facrament, perfons diligently to try and and the great danger of coming examine themselves before unworthily, that is, without re they presume to eat of that penting of your fins, and with bread, and drink of that cup.
out trusting in God's mercy For as the benefit is great, if(thro’ Chrift. with a true penitent heart, and lively faith, we receive that holy facrament (for then we spiritually eat the flesh of Chrift, and drink his blood; then we dwell in Chrift, and Christ in us; we are one with Christ, and Christ with us) fo is the danger great if we receive the fame unworthily: for then we are guilty of the body and blood of Christ our
Saviour; we eat and drink our own damnation, not confidering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath against
us; we provoke him to plague us with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death: judge therefore yourselves, bre
thren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent you truly for your fins paft; have a lively and stedfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men, so shall ye be meet partakers of those holy mysteries; and above all things, ye must give most humble and hearty thanks to God the father, the fon, and the holy ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and.palfion of our Saviour Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even unto the death upon the cross for us miserable sinners, who lay in darkness, and the shadow of death, that he might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the exceeding great.love of our master, and only Saviour Jesus Christ thus dying for us, and the innumerable benefits which by his precious blood shedding he hath obtained to us; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death to our great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the father, and the holy ghost, let us give (as we are moft bounden) continual thanks, submitting ourselves
wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
Rubricht. Then shall the priest say to them that come to receive the holy communicn, The Miniter.
Directions. Ye that do truly and ear- Being tlmıs called upon to nestly repent you of your fins make your humble confession to and are in love and charity almighty God, te sure to let your with your neighbours, and whole heart be lift up to the throne intend to lead a new life, fol- of divine grace, and humbly pray, lowing the commandments that you may have a share in that of God, and walking from pardon, which is soon after to be henceforth in his holy
ways: pronounced by the minister. draw near with faith, and take this holy facrament to your comfort, and make your humble confession to almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
Rubrick. 9 Then all this general CONFESSION be made in the name of all those that are minded to receive the holy communion, by one of the ministers, both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees,
In this confeffion of sins, our Lord Jesus Christ, ma- join with the minister both in ker of all things, judge of all heart and voice, with the greatmen; we acknowledge and est humility, for you are equally bewail our manifold fins and therein concern'drith him, wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings: the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burden of them is intolerable; have